Yesterday the girls were bored and had resorted to annoying each other for entertainment. I used tactic one, clean-up chores. Together we put away dolls and ponies (so many ponies) and dress up clothes and blankets leftover from an earlier blanket fort. They worked as hard as you can expect an almost six year old and a three year old to work. Then they were bored again.
So we made bon-bons by pureeing dates with a little nut butter, rolling into balls, chilling and then dipping into melted chocolate. While those were chilling in the freezer we set up a tea party. The girls decided that they were both bees (out come the bee costumes) named Daisy. Cordelia was a bee who was clumsy and had never been to a tea party. Elise insisted she was simply a regular normal bee. She wanted nothing to do with a back story.
Instead of tea we opted for lemonade. We set up Cordelia's tea set and brought out the chilled bon-bons. Our party was held on the back patio. They both love pouring tea from the tea pot and pretending that they have good manners.
We spent a good hour talking and pretending. I sketched a bit. Cordelia serenaded us with a mini microphone. It was good and nobody was bored. Their tea party transitioned to play and all was good.